Which? uncovers new Best Buy coffee machinesMachines fron Delonghi, KitchenAid & AEG reviewed

30 October 2014

Tesco EM13A coffee machine

Can the affordable Tesco EM13 compete with pricier coffee machines?

With under two months until Christmas, you may be on the hunt for the perfect coffee machine - either as a gift to yourself or a loved one. Either way, caffeine addicts are in luck, as we’ve just tested 12 models from well-known brands, ranging from Delonghi to Tesco.

You can read the new test results, as well as those for over 100 coffee machines, by visiting our coffee machines reviews.

Are expensive coffee machines better?

The cheapest coffee machine we’ve tested will only set you back £42, while the most expensive costs 25 times as much. So which is best? 

We put all 12 machines through our rigorous tests – checking how noisy they are, how quickly they dispense espresso and how easy they are to clean. In the most important part of our tests – our taste test – our coffee expert checks the espresso made by each machine and, if it can make one, the cappuccino too. 

Only the machines that consistently make great coffee make our Best Buy echelon. And our results may surprise you, particularly if you're on a budget. Head straight to our list of coffee machine Best Buys to see which made the grade.

Coffee machine reviews

The coffee machines we’ve just tested are:

Bean-to-cup machines

DeLonghi Magnifica S ECAM 22.320.S Plus £450
Miele CM6300 £999
Panasonic NC-ZA1H £499

Traditional (ground coffee) machines

Ascaso Dream Versatile Plus £600
DeLonghi Dedica EC.680 BK £150
DeLonghi EC.155 £80
KitchenAid 5KES2102 £350
Tesco EM13 £42

Capsule machines

AEG Espria LM 3100 £85
DeLonghi EN750.MB Lattissima Pro £430
Hotpoint Illy Espresso CMHPCGX0UK £100
Krups Nespresso Inissia XN1005RR with Aeroccino £130

Buying a Which? recommended coffee machine will guarantee you a great espresso, provided you use decent coffee. Choose the best quality you can afford - our coffee-tasting expert recommends pure Arabica high roast.

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